The Impact of Brexit on UK Asylum Law

The Impact of Brexit on UK Asylum Law
27 November 2017, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

The International Refugee Law Seminar Series, sponsored by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, provides a public space for discussion, promotion and dissemination of research between academics, practitioners, students and others with an interest in the refugee and forced migration field.

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The Impact of Brexit on UK Asylum Law


Directive 2004/xx/EC, known as the Qualification Directive, has become one of the primary sources of refugee law in the UK and across the European Union. Other aspects of the holistic European Common Asylum System such as the Reception Directive and the Dublin Convention have had a huge impact on the practicalities and processes of claiming asylum, right down to the number of asylum claimants reaching the UK. Withdrawal from these legal instruments is likely to have a profound effect on processes but it is arguable that the impact on refugee law in the UK will be relatively slight given that EU asylum law in effect “leveled up” to pre-existing UK standards in many ways. Colin will review what instruments are actually affected by Brexit, consider the impact of UK withdrawal and reflect on the effects on substantive refugee law.


Colin is a barrister, blogger and campaigner at Garden Court Chambers in London. He edits the Free Movement immigration and asylum law blog, which he founded in 2007. Previously employed by the Immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre before becoming a barrister, Colin specialises in immigration and asylum law representing those affected by the UK’s harsh immigration rules. He frequently acts in asylum cases but also works a lot with families affected by the minimum income rule for spouses and the adult dependent relative rule, with children and others resident in the UK for a long time and with those relying on European free movement law.


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